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HRH EDWARD IGHO ETADAFERUA ERHIEKEVWE (The Ovie Of Igjerhe Kingdom) V. URHOBO TIMES PRESS LTD & ORS

(2021) JELR 107005 (CA)

Court of Appeal  •  CA/AS/538/2017  •  17 Mar 2021  •  Nigeria

Coram
Mohammed Ambi-Usi Danjuma, JCA Joseph Eyo Ekanem, JCA Abimbola Osarugue Obaseki-Adejumo, JCA

Judgement

MOHAMMED AMBI-USI DANJUMA, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This an Appeal against the dismissal of the Plaintiff/Appellant’s claim for ₦100,000 general damages for libel published by the Respondents in their National Newspaper called “Urhobo Times” of November 29th Vol. 2. 184 and injunctive orders.

It was began by a writ of summons and statement of claim at the High Court of Justice, Delta State before Kwame O. Okpu, J. at the Oghara judicial Division.

The claimant testified and tendered the Newspaper containing the libel; the alleged libel and print out of it in the internet.

Three witnesses were called and who testified that they read the libel and identified the Newspaper publication and the internet publication of it on the defendants’ world-wide website.

The Defendants filed their joint Statement of Defence wherein they pleaded justification, fair comment and after admitting the publication of the Newspaper.

They did not call any witness nor gave any evidence impugning the …

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